VIJAYAWADA: Indian youth have been landing in troubles and losing their lives in USA due to alleged racism. As a result, families residing in India are feeling insecure about their children’s safety abroad.
K Varun, a student of Kansas State University, recalled the sleepless nights he had endured after the election of new president to America.
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“It is not just about the killings of Indians. Post-election, the campus environment and everything in the State has changed. Immigrants, students and everyone felt insecure and fear about their future. Every day, we are witnessing bullying, racial discriminations on and off campus, and many more.”
The students are even staying away from part-time jobs, fearing the frequent mishaps taking place in the State.
“To support our studies or living expenses people do go for part-time jobs in and around campus. But now, no one is offering a part-time job including research works. In case we succeeded in getting one, the locals are attacking us. So, we decided to stay away from part-time jobs, despite in need of one,” Varun added.
It is not just the case of Varun, but majority of the Indians are feeling the same in America, which once stood as a ‘dream destination’ for Indian students. And now, with the formation of Trump’s government, the students and immigrants are experiencing worst nightmares in the ‘dream land’.
The attacks on students and the complaints at the Civil Rights office in various States increased in the last few months.
Speaking to Express, Swati (name changed), a design engineer working with a reputed US firm, cited an incident that happened to her close friend.
“Right after the oath-taking ceremony of Trump, my close friend and I visited a coffee shop for midday snack. As I went to the counter for placing an order, my friend occupied a table. Just then an American, in his mid-20s, yelled at my friend saying, “Leave our country”, and left the coffee shop. This incident was the worst of all I had seen. From then, we stopped going around the place or nightclubs.”
Students blame Trump as one of the reasons behind the sharp rise in racist incidents in the US. Majority of the people across the globe are opposing Trump’s decisions.
“After Trump came to power, all the hidden racism is being surfaced. Earlier, people never had such feelings to show, but with the Republican President in power, the racial attacks are being perpetrated against Indians and immigrants. This is the darkest time in the history of USA. I wish this time passes soon and the US becomes the land of opportunities and a safe country for the world again,” said V Rasagnya, who works in a software firm at New York.
“USA is densely diversified across its regions. People from east and west are most diversified, dignified and broad-minded than the people from the central parts. It’s sad that two young Indian engineers were shot by an American, while a US citizen risked his life trying to save those two. Such incidents are actually creating fear in our parents who are living far away from us,” said Karthik, a native of Visakhapatnam, working in a private firm in California.
On the other hand, parents of students who are staying in USA are equally worried about hate crimes taking place in America. Some parents are not willing to send their children to the US and few others are asking their wards to return to India.
“I have a son and a daughter. My son is residing in California and working for a software firm. Though he had been staying there for over three years, I am worried about his safety, after seeing the recent killings. I asked him to return to India and look for another job here. We also cancelled the US match for my daughter last month. The US is no more a safe place to go for studies or job or for anything, because it has got Trump,” said Dr. Padmaja, a gynaecologist from Vijayawada.
Meanwhile, overseas education consultants are expecting a downtrend in the admissions scheduled to take place in June-September.
“The incidents or new government policies of the US would surely affect the number of students going abroad each year. Usually, more than 3,000 students from both Vijayawada and Guntur travel to USA for doing masters. But, this year, there might be a drastic fall in the number,” predicted B Naveen, a consultancy agent.